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The economic motivation for innovation in small construction companies

Abbott, C, Jeong, KS and Allen, S 2006, 'The economic motivation for innovation in small construction companies' , Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 6 (3) , pp. 187-196.

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Abstract

There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of innovation for the longterm economic success of businesses. At the same time the construction industry is characterized as being a poor innovator in comparison to other industries. If the university sector is to play a role in increasing innovation within construction companies it is necessary to for it to understand what the benefits and risks of innovation might be and what the motivation is for a business to adopt innovation. This paper attempts to develop answers to these questions through the analysis of a case study involving a small heating and plumbing company that embarked upon a performance improvement initiative and as a result implemented a number of innovative practices in its operations. Building upon on the results of this case study, suggestions for more effective collaboration between the university sector and industry are made.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, knowledge, motivation, SMEs, transfer, university collaboration
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14714175
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007 12:44
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/570

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